Mansfield man gets answer to ‘O Kidney, Where Art Thou?’

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MANSFIELD – Jeffery Mac Iver had been ready, hoping and praying for a brand new kidney since June of 2017.

On April 14, his prayers have been answered when the Mansfield man acquired a kidney throughout a transplant surgical procedure at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Heart in Columbus.

Efforts to acquire a kidney from a dwelling donor didn’t come by and the person who donated the kidney to Mac Iver had died.

Extra: Facebook post raises awareness of Mansfield man’s need for kidney

Mac Iver stated after years of ready, he started getting emails from potential donors in November due to a Good Samaritan who posted {a photograph} on social media of the signal on the rear window of a automobile she noticed within the Walmart car parking zone.

The signal, on what turned out to be Mac Iver’s sister-in-law’s automobile, stated:

“Kidney wanted, Kind O, Jeffery Mac Iver, DOB: 05/21/1988, #OKidneyWhereArtThou, Jeff’s KidneySearch@gmail.com”

Earlier, Mac Iver, 31, who works for Koorsen Fireplace and Safety in Mansfield, stated he wished to thank Lee Anne Chan who posted the signal on Fb.

He informed the Information Journal that the response had been phenomenal.

“Simply my web page, it reached my physician by some means (the publish), however this has simply actually blown up,” he stated.

Mac Iver’s spouse Cheyanne, who made the signal, additionally has the identical signal on her automobile, Mac Iver stated. His spouse additionally has a Facebook page dedicated to her husband’s cause, called, “O Kidney, Where Art Thou?

A stay-at-home mother, Cheyanne simply began an organization together with her sister making indicators referred to as Value Customized Designs, to herald further cash, he added.

Mac Iver stated he discovered in late June 2017 that he had hypertension after going to a hospital emergency room as a result of he was having hassle respiratory.

“They informed me my lungs have been filling up with fluid and my kidneys aren’t working and you’ll want to keep right here, we’ll begin you on dialysis within the morning. I used to be at Stage 5 renal failure,” Mac Iver stated. “At the moment it had progressed and I solely had 10 % kidney perform.”

Up to now, he was hospitalized for per week and was on dialysis.

On April 13, he acquired a  telephone name that he was getting a brand new kidney. He was checked for COVID-19 twice, as soon as as a result of he had an higher respiratory an infection. The second COVID-19 take a look at was given earlier than the surgical procedure. He was launched from the hospital on Monday.

“I’ve to do a few dialysis periods and my kidneys are midway working, which they are saying is widespread with 30 % of transplants the place the organ comes from a deceased particular person. On Friday I’m going again to the physician and I may very well be off dialysis on Friday,” he stated.

Though he’s nonetheless sore, he stated he’s going properly.

He could possibly discover out sometime who the organ donor was who gave him the kidney.

“It is unlucky somebody handed away however they’ve given me and my household the present of life,” he stated.

He and his spouse have two kids, Elijah, 4, and Addilynn, 2.

“The transplant program save a whole lot of lives and extra individuals ought to take into consideration donating (their organs),” he stated.

Mac Iver stated whereas he waited for his kidney, there have been days he had his doubts he would ever get one. 

He stated he did fear loads.

Extra: Facebook post raises awareness of Mansfield man’s need for kidney

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However due to a whole lot of prayers, now Mac Iver is seeking to the long run.

“I want to meet the household sometime,” he stated, thanking the docs at OSU.

Mac Iver stated he took a voluntary layoff to keep away from getting COVID-19 as he was working at nursing properties and faculties for his job.

He can return to work in three months.

lwhitmir@gannett.com

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Twitter: @LWhitmir

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